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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:49 AM

Poland detains employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei on spying charges

Source: Washington Post

Polish authorities detained an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei and charged him with spying on behalf of China, amid growing global concerns that the company is tied to Chinese intelligence agencies, Polish authorities said Friday.

The arrest of Huawei’s local sales director in Poland comes a month after the company’s chief financial officer was detained in Canada at the U.S. government’s request. Those charges were related to breaking sanctions against Iran, but the Polish move reflects long-standing suspicions by Washington and its allies that Huawei could be used as an arm of Chinese intelligence services.

U.S. officials have long warned that the technology sold by Huawei — which ranges from the infrastructure that powers cellular networks to computers and phones — might be mobilized by the Chinese government as a powerful way to spy on people across the world. The company has defended itself in part by pointing to the absence of formal, public evidence of such activities.

Huawei has sought to help develop a new generation of high-speed European cellular networks, but Western intelligence agencies have slowed its expansion efforts.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/poland-detains-employee-of-chinese-tech-giant-huawei-on-spying-charges/2019/01/11/ac148e42-15a0-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:58 AM

1. The chinese gov is the majority stake-holder in every major chinese corporation.

Nothing goes in these companies without the okay from the Communist Party.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:02 AM

2. The company was founded by an engineer from the PLA

People’s Liberation Army. Ren Zhengfei takes orders alright.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:40 AM

3. The Chinese Appear to be Masters of the Philosophy, If You Can't Invent Something, Steal It

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:38 PM

4. The warning against Huawei came after NSA failed to plant a backdoor...

"A NSA special-operations unit bored into the company's technical data, eventually compromising servers holding source code for the firmware that runs the routers and switches Huawei builds for large corporations and telecommunications companies.
The goal was to build secret backdoors or security flaws into the source code, which Huawei would then build into its own products and distribute to a customer base so large that Huawei boasts that its products connect a third of the world's population."
https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321651

But yes, there is also good reasons not to trust China's government, though no evidence against Huawei has yet been given.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/business/china-surveillance-technology.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:56 PM

5. Snowden and Greenwald were unavailable for comment...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:30 AM

7. Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS JANUARY 12, 2019 / 8:35 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

James Pomfret
3 MIN READ

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked a Chinese employee who was arrested on spying charges in Poland, as the company sought to distance itself from the incident.

Polish authorities detained Wang Weijing and a former Polish security official on Friday over the allegations, which could intensify Western security concerns about Huawei and its relations with the Chinese government.

Huawei said in a statement that Wang’s “alleged actions have no relation to the company”.

“In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute,” the statement said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-poland-security/huawei-sacks-employee-arrested-in-poland-on-spying-charges-idUSKCN1P60E8

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